The University of Miami Libraries seeks nominations and applications for a creative, innovative professional to serve as the Information Systems Coordinator. Under the direction of the Director for Information Management and Systems, the Information Systems Coordinator provides creative leadership, management, and support for core library information systems and applications at the University of Miami Libraries to provide library access and discovery services.
UNIVERSITY: The University of Miami is one of the nation’s leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality. The University is privately supported, non-sectarian institution, located in Coral Gables, Florida, on a 260-acre subtropical campus. The University comprises 11 degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Marine and Atmospheric Science (www.miami.edu).
THE LIBRARY: The University of Miami Libraries (www.library.miami.edu) rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America with a collection of over 3 million volumes and 92,958 current serials titles, including 90,550 electronic journals. The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the center of the Coral Gables campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The University also has independent medical and law libraries. The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,370 undergraduates, 5,259 graduate students, and 13,058 full and part time faculty and staff. Excluding the independent libraries, the University Libraries employ 56 professional and 90 support staff and are a member of ARL, ASERL, CLIR, NERL, OCLC Research Library Partners, HathiTrust, APTrust, DPN, and Lyrasis.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Responsible for the integration, implementation, and maintenance of library software and systems to provide user services and enhance staff productivity. Coordinate and manage the selection, maintenance and ongoing development of library systems, including but not limited to the Integrated Library System (Innovative), Inter-library loan/document delivery (ILLiad ), electronic course & audio reserves (Ares / Variations), special collections management (Aeon), electronic resource access & discovery (360Core/Link, Summon), client-server platforms, and networking. Serve as the primary contact with library software vendors.
- Work collaboratively with library and campus units to explore innovative use of emerging information and web technologies that integrate services from separate applications, including library databases and services supporting digital collections.
- Coordinate with Library Systems on server management to troubleshoot and resolve system functional issues. May supervise staff responsible for maintenance of software applications and servers.
- Provide management and statistical reports on systems operations. Prepare and distribute local system documentation as necessary. Advises on the Libraries’ IT budget, negotiation, and purchasing.
- Educate Libraries administration and staff of all upgrades or enhancement and their implications for the user community.
- Keeps abreast of relevant technology, literature, and studies for current awareness of trends, developments, and best practices in librarianship, systems administration, and the integration of technology into library services.
- Represents the Library nationally, and acts as primary liaison between vendors and library system users, and the Libraries.
- Serves on/participates in Libraries and University organizations, committees, task forces, and teams as appropriate.
- Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program, Information Science, Information Technology, or related field.
- Two years working experience with an integrated library system, preferably Innovative Interfaces, Inc., in a medium to large research library or similar organization.
- Experience developing and/or supporting library solutions for library workflow processes (digital publishing, document delivery, cataloging, interlibrary loan, etc.) and an understanding of the application of technology to scholarship and teaching.
- Experience developing and administering web-based solutions using CSS, HTML, XML and related technologies.
- Understanding of the MARC record; familiarity with metadata standards and formats for library systems such as Dublin Core, METS, EAD, and/or MODS preferred.
- Working knowledge of server operating systems, preferably UNIX and/or Linux.
- Demonstrated success in project management, including ability to manage multiple priorities.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with both technical and library staff with widely-varied skill sets and technical knowledge.
- Strong organizational and analytical skills; demonstrated initiative
- Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated service commitment to library users.
- Strong aptitude for acquiring new skills relevant to library systems.
- Experience with the implementation of a discovery system and integration of third-party applications into library systems.
- Knowledge of user authentication/authorization protocols, including CAS, Shibboleth, and LDAP.
- Experience supervising and mentoring staff.
- Experience with assessment of technology services.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a non-tenure track faculty appointment at the Librarian Assistant/Associate Professor rank. The position offers a comprehensive benefits package including: TIAA-CREF; medical and dental insurance; life, disability, and long-term care insurance available; tuition remission; 13 paid holidays; and 22 days annual vacation. Additional employment benefits available include credit union; Employee Assistance Program; bookstore, and sporting event discounts; optional fee-based membership in a state-of-the-art wellness center, and no state or local income taxes. More information on benefits can be found at: http://www.miami.edu/benefits/pdf/bensum-faculty06.pdf.
APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications and nominations will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. Applications should be submitted electronically and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references. The references will not be contacted before the appropriate time. Send nominations and applications to:
Human Resources Manager
Otto G. Richter Library
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248214
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320
The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.